Black to the Future (Hugh Masekela album)

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Black to the Future
Black to the Future - Hugh Masekela.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedNovember 10, 1998
StudioBop Recording Studios, Mafikeng, South Africa.
LabelShanachie Records Shanachie 5056
ProducerHugh Masekela, Don Laka
Hugh Masekela chronology
Notes of Life
Black to the Future
The Best of Hugh Masekela on Novus
Professional ratings
Review scores
The Encyclopedia of Popular Music4/5 stars[1]
Allmusic3/5 stars[2]

Black to the Future is a 1998 studio album by South African jazz trumpeter Hugh Masekela.[3][4] The album was recorded in Mafikeng, South Africa.


Stephen Thomas Erlewine of Allmusic stated "Black to the Future is a fairly standard latter-day Hugh Masekela album, falling somewhere between accessible worldbeat and tuneful fusion. Granted, Masekela has been mining this ground for some time, but there is a bit of a difference here, particularly the genuine sound of some of the polyrhythms and the way the group locks into a supple groove."[5]

Track listing[edit]

1."Mama Ndoro"Hugh Masekela5:39
2."The Boy's Doin' It"Hugh Masekela5:46
3."Ashiko"Orlando Julius Ekemode, Hugh Masekela6:04
4."Chileshe"Hugh Masekela6:19
5."JJC/JJD"Don Laka, Hugh Masekela4:37
6."Song of Love"Don Laka, Hugh Masekela5:20
7."Khawuleza"Hugh Masekela, Dorothy Masuka5:19
8."Child of the Earth"Hugh Masekela6:15
9."Excuse Me Baby Please!"Hugh Masekela5:28
10."Strawberries"Hugh Masekela4:57
11."Nina"Les Ballets Africains, Hugh Masekela5:48
12."Bokone"Don Laka, Hugh Masekela6:11
Total length:01:07:23



  • Hugh Masekela – flugelhorn, vocals (background)
  • Jasper Cook – trombone
  • Don Laka – keyboards, producing, programming
  • Makhaya Mahlangu – flute, sax (alto), sax (tenor)
  • Tuli Mike Masoka – bass
  • Kenny Mathaba – guitar, harmonica
  • Thabo Mdluli – vocals (background)
  • Margaret Motsage – vocals (background)
  • John Selolwane – guitar, vocals (background)
  • Jethro Shasha – drums
  • Vicky Vilakazi – vocals (background)


  • Kentsa Mpahlwa – engineer
  • Ray Staff – mastering


  1. ^ Larkin, Colin (May 27, 2011). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music. Omnibus Press. p. 1203. ISBN 978-0-85712-595-8. Retrieved 16 May 2017.
  2. ^ Erlewine, Thomas. "Black to the Future". Allmusic. Retrieved 24 May 2017.
  3. ^ "Hugh Masekela - Biography". Amoeba Music. Retrieved 13 July 2017.
  4. ^ "Hugh Masekela – Notes of Life". Discogs. Retrieved 24 May 2017.
  5. ^ Erlewine, Thomas. "Black to the Future". Allmusic. Retrieved 24 May 2017.

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